After the 2021 season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Britain’s Got Talent is set to return in 2022. The judges panel includes creator and EP Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.
The group has already begun filming at The London Palladium theatre and will continue throughout the week. Additionally, auditions for Britain’s Got Talent are still open until at least Jan. 25.
Meanwhile, Simon has signed a new deal to keep Britain’s Got Talent on ITV through at least 2025, say reports. A source close Simon told the Daily Mail: “He is showing no signs of slowing down and is working on lots of American projects too.” The new season of Britain’s Got Talent will be the mogul’s first appearance on British TV since the BGT auditions in May 2020.
Simon’s schedule is tight. Before he could take off for London, he had to finish a 10 day reshoot of the beleaguered America’s Got Talent: Extreme series for NBC, which shut down after a contestant landed in the hospital after a life-threatening accident.
Simon reportedly downsizing his businesses
However, the Sun reports that Simon is consolidating his “global empire” which has sold “over 250 million records worldwide” to focus on family life. The producer recently got engaged to Lauren Silverman, his long-time partner and mother to his 7 year old son Eric.
According to the Sun, many of Simon’s staff have begun talks to leave his employ. Some of these staff members have worked with Simon for decades.
A source said: “Simon has reached a time in his life when he doesn’t want the stress of running a global empire and so has made the difficult decision to wind down Syco.”
“Obviously everyone involved, including Simon, is very sad. It really is the end of an era,” the source said.
“Simon made this decision with a heavy heart but after much deliberation he had to do what is best for him and his family.” According to The Sun, Simon will now concentrate solely on being a television personality.